NEWSMAKER– Two area coaches continue to make their mark on Class 2 football

| September 21, 2017
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Full interview w/ Coach Barkley:


Full interview w/ Coach Cook:


CARROLLTON, Mo.- At the midway point of the 2017 high school football season, two familiar teams are within the Class 2 statewide high school football rankings compiled by a 15-member panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

Rank, team, Rec., Pts., LW
1. Lamar (13), 4-0, 148, 1
2. Trinity (2), 4-0, 137, 2
3. Lutheran North, 5-0, 116, 3
4. Ava, 5-0, 104, 4
5. Mountain Grove, 4-1, 87, 5
6. Centralia, 5-0, 83, 6
7. Lexington, 5-0, 54, 7
8. Cardinal Ritter, 4-1, 38, 9
9. North Callaway, 4-1, 30, 10
T10. Lafayette County, 5-0, 8, NR
T10. South Callaway, 4-1, 8, NR

Coach Kyle Barkley of the Lexington Minutemen (5-0) began the season without a few key players that earned all-state honors but are off to another hot start. The Minuteman have won by a combined total of 187 points this season while scoring at least 40 in four of their contests. They return players like Senior Lorenzo Crumble who’s made valuable impact on both sides of the ball and Junior Alvaro Porras who showed flashes of excellence in the run game.  Freshman Jonathan Taylor has been showing a real knack for the ball through five games on the defensive side as well.

The Minutemen are currently second in district standings behind Lafayette County due to the point system. They play Knob Noster (3-2) tomorrow night, September 22, 2017, at home. Remaining schedule before district playoffs include Carrollton (2-3), Lafayette Co. (5-0), and Richmond (1-4).

Coach Steve Cook of the Lafayette County Huskers (5-0) has got his team rolling so far this season. After some injuries last season and some losses down the stretch, the Huskers ended up 5-4 on the season which is the most losses the program has had in over 8 years. Huskers have enjoyed victories over Cameron, Lawson, Summit Christian Academy and El Dorado Springs. Lead by Senior QB/DB Kinser Madison and RB/LB Elijah Thirkield the Huskers show electricity on both sides of the ball.

The Huskers are set to play a physical match-up at home against Holden tomorrow night, September 22, 2017. They’ll finish out the season with Knob Noster, Lexington, and Carrollton.

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